Saturday evening would have been the opening of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was cancelled - and the Duke of Sussex sent a surprise video message in honour of the occasion.
In the clip, filmed from his new LA home, Harry acknowledges that this is an unusual time for the world, saying: "Hello everybody. As we commemorate VE Day this weekend and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, we should also have been gathering together in the Netherlands to kick start The Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague.
"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation and they are busy putting plans in place for next year. The new dates will be shared with you very soon."
Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the @InvictusGamesNL, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) May 9, 2020
He also acknowledged the work of doctors, nurses and more during the pandemic, adding: "Throughout this week we will be seeing and hearing from many Invictus competitors; their experience and resilience in dealing with mental health challenges is something we could all learn lessons from.
"The same could obviously be said for our incredible health care professionals working so hard to keep us all safe."
Harry made the decision to postpone the games in March, saying: "This decision was the most sensible and the safest option for all of you and all of your families, and everybody else involved in these games."
The Duke of Sussex recently stepped away from the spotlight and his role as a senior royal, in favour of a quieter life in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son Archie. The couple recently celebrated Archie's first birthday, and shared a brand new video of the one-year-old to mark the occasion.
Games or no Games, it looks like Harry has plenty to keep him busy.
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